All went well with the sermon this morning. One of the guys in the class said it was the best student sermon he'd ever heard. Guess he hasn't heard many sermons (ha!!). This was my senior sermon, which means that the profs will evaluate it along with all the other senior sermons from other guys and choose the top 4 preachers to speak during senior preaching week. (I'm not holding my breath.) Here's a really basic outline.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (context falls back on preceeding verses, starting with 7)
I. Your focus determines your hope. (16)
II. Understand hardships from the eternal perspective. (17)
A. 3 comparisons - circumstance, time, weight
B. View life's hardships as opportunities.
III. You have a choice in the set of eyes you look through. (18)
A. Momentary eyes - look at your situation
B. Eternal eyes - look beyond your situation
Despite all the hardships Paul experienced in his life, he boldly said, "We do not lose heart." You can say the same, just keep an eternal perspective on everything that happens.